Art in Sonoma County: Current Gallery and Museum Exhibitions in September 2019

Sonoma County has been a magnet for artists and art connoisseurs for many decades, and continues to attract sophisticated artists and art collectors, along with casual art lovers. Combined with the sheer natural beauty, and general creative ambience, the area readily entices visitors, as well as long-time residents, to explore the many and varied fine art offerings. With the addition of great food, drink, and outdoor activities, it’s easy to spend a day, a week, or a lifetime traversing through the vineyards, forests, and rolling hills, along the scenic coast, and through the welcoming towns of Sonoma County.

The following is a partial list of local art exhibitions. Many eateries, wineries, and civic buildings also present changing art shows in their spaces.

*** Designates an Opening Reception.

By J. Sanborn

Arts Guild of Sonoma
September 1 through September 30, 2019 Member Exhibition
*** Reception, First Thursday ArtWalk, September 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Showing work by new and current Guild Members, and the entrance to the gallery features wings and things in Folly in the Foyer.
140 East Napa Street, Sonoma




By Peter Holbrook

Calabi Gallery
Through October 12, It’s All Good!
A group show of gallery artists working in a variety of styles and media. Artists include Douglas Ballou, Warren Bellows, Holly Downing, Peter Holbrook, Joyce Hulbert, Carolyn Lord, Carol Peek, Michael Ramos, Alejandro Salazar, and Bambi Waterman.
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Through November 18, Peanuts Goes to Camp
Nearly every summer, the Peanuts Gang loads up on buses and heads off to summer camp—some more willingly than others. Featuring over seventy original comic strips, sketches, and vintage Peanuts products, the exhibition invites visitors to relive nights serenaded by crickets and days full of sun-drenched memories with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang.

Through January 19, 2020, Abracadabra! Magic in Peanuts
One of Schulz’s little-known pastimes: Magic. Featuring original Peanuts comic strips, animation cels, merchandise, and artwork.

Through March 8, 2020, Peace, Love, and Woodstock
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival this summer, the Museum and Research Center presents a yearlong exhibition celebrating the smallest Peanuts character, Woodstock, named for the generation-defining music event. Check the website for related Public Programs.
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa

Christopher Queen Galleries
Through September 29, Summer in Bohemia
Showing paintings by over 30 early artists of the Bohemian Club, including work by Maynard Dixon, Percy Gray, William Keith, and Jules Tavernier.
Duncans Mills

Chroma Gallery / Santa Rosa Arts Center
Through September 27, Crossing Borders
Art on Immigration and Dissolving Boundaries.
SOFA Arts District
312 South A Street, Santa Rosa

Cloverdale Arts Alliance Gallery
Through September 20, Niche
Guest artists are Peter and Robin Crompton, and RJB. Featured resident artist is Jane Gardner. Resident artists are Ralph Broussard, Laura Paine Carr, Pamela Heck, Terry Holleman, Paul Maurer, and Hanya Popova Parker.

September 21 through November 15, Nest
*** Artists reception, Saturday, September 21, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale



Corricks Art Trails Gallery/ My Daughter the Framer
September 6 through October 20, Sonoma County Art Trails Preview
*** Opening reception Friday, September 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
For the 8th year in a row, the Gallery at Corrick’s & My Daughter the Framer are hosting an Art Trails Open Studios Preview Exhibit! Featuring over 70 participating artists.
637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa

Gallery 300
Current show, Pendants by Alejandro Salazar; Painting by Jennifer Hirshfield; and Sculpture by Piper Snow.
6780 McKinley St., Suite 130, The Barlow

Susan Proehl, Susan Stover

Graton Gallery
September 3 through October 6, Paintings • Sculpture
*** Artists Reception Saturday, September 7, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Featuring new work by Susan Proehl and Susan Stover; with Guest Artists Andrea Leland, Marcy Wheeler, Joanne Taeuffer, and Christie Marks.
9048 Graton Road, Graton


Hammerfriar Gallery
Through October 27, Kathleen Yorba; Ruminations
Kathleen Yorba’s abstract work invites the viewer to engage in notions of memory and identity, both those learned and those intuitively known. How do bees find their way back to the nest? What marks do we leave as we move on ancestral paths connecting the tangible and intangible? Using her chosen medium of cold-wax and oil paint, Yorba maps her own exploration of the known/unknown, seen and unseen. The show culminates in a one-day, hands-on workshop on the medium of cold-wax, October 27. It is open to the seasoned artist and novice alike. Pre-registration required; contact the Gallery for more information.
132 Mill Street, Ste.101, Healdsburg

Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Through October 20, The Great Outdoors
Visions and impressions of our outer world; over, under, beyond and through!
Jurors: Samantha Buller, Kathy Birdsong, and Jean Warren.
130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg



By Kevin Kearney

IceHouse Gallery
Through September 21, Paintings by Kevin Kearney
Red Walls, Surreal Ceruleans, and a Tsunami, paintings by Kevin Kearney.
405 East D St, Petaluma




Laguna Foundation, Heron Hall
September 3 through December 20, A Watershed Event
*** Opening Reception Saturday, September 14, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Pastels and Oil Paintings by James R. Reynolds. The paintings depict scenes within the Laguna’s watershed or animals that live there.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa

Maria de Los Angeles

Museum of Sonoma County
Through November 3, Tierra de Rosas and A Way of Life
Tierra de Rosas is a solo exhibition of the work by Maria de Los Angeles, a Mexican-born artist and immigration activist who was raised in Santa Rosa and is now based in New York. De Los Angeles’ multidisciplinary work addresses issues of migration, displacement, identity, and otherness through her drawing, painting, printmaking, and fashion design.

Showing concurrently is A Way of Life, a group show co-curated by de Los Angeles and Executive Director, Jeff Nathanson. This exhibition celebrates the personal and artistic connections that provided support, influence, and inspiration for de Los Angeles. The artists include Sharon Arnold, Alan Azhderian, Ryan Bonilla, Maria Cañas, Jack Leissring, Scott Malbaurn, Vincent Ramos, Alejandro Salazar, Catherine Sieck, and Jim Spitzer.

Through September 15, Grass Roots: Cannabis from Prohibition to Prescription
Explore the long history of cannabis, is it the devil’s weed, a remarkable remedy, or just something to be enjoyed with friends like a glass of wine? Cannabis use generates strong, often divided opinions, but its story is undeniably significant. While cannabis has been part of human history for thousands of years, in the last 125 years it has gone from legal to illegal in California and back again.

September 28 through November 10, Día de los Muertos
*** Free Opening Reception and Family Day, Saturday, September 28, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a joyous remembrance of the lives of family members and loved ones who have died and a celebration of the cycle of life. The holiday is celebrated on November 1 and 2 throughout Latin America, but is more closely associated with Mexico, where it originated. The Museum’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition will feature artwork and altars designed and created by local artists, community organizations, and collectors.
425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa

Occidental Center for the Arts
September 6 through October 27, Barriers
*** Opening Reception with artists Saturday, September 7, from 3 to 6 p.m.
3850 Doris Murphy Court, Occidental

Wosene Kosrof

Paul Mahder Gallery
Through September 14, My Favorite Things
*** Closing Reception and the Gallery’s 5th Anniversary in Healdsburg, Saturday, September 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
New and select paintings by Wosene Worke Kosrof and New And Select Works from the Gallery’s represented artists.
222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Petaluma Arts Center
September 14 through November 2, Annual Members’ Show
*** Artists Reception, Saturday, September 14, 5 p.m.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Ren Brown Collection Gallery
Through September 8, Take A Step
This exhibition features Berkeley artist Carol Brighton. Carol has lived and traveled extensively throughout China and elsewhere in Asia. She is intrigued by the passage of time, memory, and the spiritual and physical journeys we each undertake in life, hence the title Take a Step. The main focus of her work is intaglio, monoprints, and handmade paper. Housed in a refurbished building with shoji and a small, serene Japanese garden, the gallery shows contemporary art by Japanese and regional Northern California artists.
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay

Karen Spratt

Riverfront Art Gallery
September 11 through November 3, Early Fall Show
*** Opening Reception and 12th Year Celebration, Saturday, September 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The featured artists are Karen Spratt, and Jerrie Jerné.
132 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma


Santa Rosa Junior College, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery
September 16 through October 18, SRJC Faculty Show
1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Through September 8, Fiber Arts IX
This prestigious International Juried Fiber Art exhibition is held every two years, and showcases the use of innovative and traditional fiber techniques and contemporary concepts in traditional and unusual materials. Jurors, Janet De Boer, Jori Johnson, and Gerhardt Knodel.

September 27 through October 20, Sonoma County Art Trails Preview
*** Opening Reception Friday, September 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Art Trails is a juried, self-guided open studio event, devoted to educating the public about visual arts in Sonoma County. This program showcases the art, creative processes, and working environments of professional Sonoma County artists.
282 High Street, Sebastopol

By Jeremy Joan Hewes

Sebastopol Gallery
Through September, Wanderlust
Showing mixed-media and photography by Jeremy Joan Hewes, and includes photography, maps, nautical charts, and abstract paintings to depict parts the world she has seen as well as some of the places that inhabit her imagination. Painter James Reynolds shows his work in the North Window in August.
150 N. Main St, Sebastopol

Sebastopol Library Forum Room
Through September 13, Doris Rogers and Linda Weber
Both artists offer a wide variety of artistic experience and expression which includes mosaic, monotype, watercolor, collage and stained glass, inspired by flowers, plants, found items, and bits of nature.
7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol

Sonoma State University, University Art Gallery
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Through September 8, Nick Brandt: Inherit the Dust
Photographer Nick Brandt, famous for his portraits of Africa’s most majestic and vanishing animals, presents a series of epic panoramic landscapes. In this series of photographs he records the impact of man in East Africa where animals once roamed, but no longer do. In each location, life-sized panels of his own animal portraits are placed within a world of urban development, factories, wasteland, and quarries, and then re-photographed.

Bernice Bing, Velasquez Family

September 21 through January 5, Bingo: The Life and Art of Bernice Bing
*** Opening reception September 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
San Francisco native, Chinese American artist, and community activist, Bernice Bing was a bridge between many worlds. The art of Bing, or “Bingo” as she was affectionately called, is the procession of her life story.
551 Broadway, Sonoma



Beverly Bird, The Wave

Upstairs Art Gallery
September 1 through September 29, Oceans 21
*** Artist Reception Sunday, September 15, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Beverly Bird presents Oceans 21, a collection of paintings exploring multiple aspects of our ocean-related experience. Works include seascapes, sculpted shorelines, boats, and even a glacier. Highlighting both the Sonoma Coast and the Oregon coast, many of the paintings were painted in plein air. The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features A Summer Diary by Linda Barretta.
306 Center St., Healdsburg

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